At Livefoods Direct Ltd we are always striving to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality product to our customers. To do this we ensure that all food products we buy in for our insect breeding is of the highest quality, making our insects nutritious and healthy for your pets and wild birds. We do this to make sure you have confidence in our products and giving you peace of mind that you are only feeding the best to your cherished pets and garden friends.
Our stringent quality checks on the food we buy in for our mealworms has highlighted a reoccurrence of a pest moth in the dry foods we use for our worms. This falls below the high standards we set for our production and ultimately the worms that we produce. This moth is prevalent in all grain based foods, including cereal and flour. It used to be combated at source, before getting into the food supply chain, however changes in EU legislation regarding the use of pesticides and insecticides means it can no longer be controlled.
We are the only breeder of mealworms in the UK, with all other mealworms coming from Europe. Europe is also facing problems with this moth and have been restricting their sales of worm into the UK. This has put an additional strain on our colony with more and more people turning to us to supply them.
It takes nearly 16 weeks to grow the worms to the ‘regular’ size, which is the most sort after size. Add to this a 10 week breeding cycle, means that we cannot instantly react to this sudden high demand for our worms, whilst sourcing an alternative food.
To make sure that everyone has access to our high quality mealworms we have had to make the difficult decision to limit the amount of worms that we can sell. This is not a decision we made lightly, but we know how important it is that those that rely on our worms are still able to get them.
Great food for Reptiles, Wild Birds, Cage Birds and Small Mammals.
Mealworms are the larvae of the Tenebrio Molitar Beetle. Their diet is vegetarian which means they are safe to feed to animals and birds without passing on potentially fatal diseases which may be present in offal-fed larvae such as maggots. They are a clean odourless and relatively inexpensive livefood, rich in protein and easy to store. Mealworms are popular as livefood for many species of aviary and garden birds.
Mealworms are an extremely popular livefood for cage birds and wild birds. They consist of 50.4% crude protein and because of their pure cereal/vegetable diet they are an extremely safe livefood to use.
Mealworms are suitable for Soft bills, insectivorous birds and Finches above Siskin size. The movement of Mealworms has the effect of bringing Lizards to the feeder and stimulates feeding.
As fishing bait, Mealworms can be used to catch course fish and are particularly popular for fishing Trout. Mealworms may also be fed to small carnivorous mammals.